Book review: Inch’Allah dimanche – I love France #84

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Inch’Allah dimanche

Inch-Allah-dimanche

 
Inch’Allah Dimanche
[Sunday God Willing]
By
Yamina Benguigui
Pub. Date: 2001
By Albin Michel
ISBN: 978-2226130488
Pages157
Genre:
Fiction
Source:
local College library

This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

     books-on-france-14   New author challenge

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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READ MY ENGLISH REVIEW

For once, I’m going to share my thoughts about this book in French. No panic, though, my English review is available here [LINK JUST ABOVE].

Une fois n’est pas coutume, voici quelques pensées en français.

Désespérant de ne pouvoir acheter de livres électroniques récents en français en ligne, puisque je ne réside plus en France (grâce aux stupides droits internationaux concernant les livres électroniques), je suis allée faire un tour pour voir s’il n’y avait pas par hasard quelques livres autres que les grands classiques français soit que j’ai déjà lus, soit que je peux me procurer en ligne.

La récolte a été plutôt maigre, mais j’ai rapporté Inch’Allah Dimanche de Yamina Benguigui.
C’était une bonne façon de revisiter ma France des années 1970, où les ouvriers algériens eurent enfin le droit de faire venir leurs femmes et leurs enfants.

L’histoire est centrée sur Zouina, jeune Algérienne qui se retrouve à Saint-Quentin, loin de son beau pays et de tout ce qu’elle connaît. Pour mettre le comble à sa solitude, elle connaît à peine son mari, et il la bat. Sa belle-mère n’a que haine et mépris à son égard. Et quand les voisins s’y mettent…

Sans trop dévoiler, je peux dire qu’avec le temps, Zouina apprend à apprivoiser son nouveau pays, à retrouver sa force intérieure et à se faire respecter pour qui elle est.

C’est un  court roman beau et à l’ambiance un peu difficile, qui retrace bien l’atmosphère du temps.
Les personnages sont typiques et bien silhouettés.
J’ai particulièrement apprécié le style ; j’aime ces phrases extrêmement courtes, assez caractéristiques des romans contemporains, qui apportent beaucoup de dynamisme à l’écriture et lui un caractère nerveux, qui convient parfaitement pour cette histoire.

Vous pouvez en savoir plus sur Yamina Benguigui, sur ses romans, ses livres, et sa vie politique sur cette page.

 

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2014: February wrap-up

February has just been another dreadfully cold and snowy month, giving me lots of opportunities to just get cozy with a good book.

Here is what I read in February:

8 books, with 1976 pages, that is,  70 pages/day.

Among those, 1 was an audiobook: 5:56 hours, that is, an average of 12 mn/day.

4 fiction:

  1. I See London, I See France, by Paulita Kincer –ebook
  2. Paris, Rue des Martyrs, by Adria J. Cimino – ebook. Book review scheduled for March 7. See here to win this great book!
  3. Inch’Allah Dimanche, by Yamina Benguigui – in French. Review coming tomorrow!
  4. My Wish List, by Grégoire Delacourt –review scheduled for March 25

2 historical fiction:

  1. The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte, by Ruth Hull Chatlien – review scheduled for March 3. See here to win this great book!
  2. Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter, by Anne Clinard Barnhill – review scheduled for March 10

2 mystery:

  1. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan – ebook
  2. Mrs Pollifax Pursued, by Dorothy Gilman – audio

My favorites this month:

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Reading Challenges recap

Audiobook: 2/12
Books on France: 10/24
Ebook challenge: 4/25
Historical fiction: 5/25
Japanese literature: 0/2 – starts in June
New authors challenge: 14/50
My Kind of Mysteries: 3/20
TBR challenge: 0/12
What’s in a Name: 3/5
Where Are You Reading?: 12/50 – to be finished in 2014
Australian Literature Month: 0/1

Total of books read in 2014 = 16

Number of books added to my TBR in February = 49

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Blog recap

  1. 5 of the 8 books read this month were received for review

  2. 21 readers signed up for my Books on France Challenge, will you join too?

  3. I organized 3 giveaways this month. For all the giveaways for Words And Peace, I now use Rafllecopter. As you can see the name of the winner in the rafflecopter widget itself, I’m not going to bother posting the name of the winner on a separate post. When I ask rafflecopter to choose the winner, it sends a post on twitter and Facebook, so if you follow me, you have lots of ways of knowing who won, if not you. I notify the winners through email.
  4. France Book Tours completed 28 book tours, and there are  10  scheduled. If you are interested in reviewing books on your blog for France Book Tours, just fill in this short questionnaire. You can find all kinds of genre: historical fiction, romance, mystery, LGBT, nonfiction, etc.

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